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Past/Present: Steeple Chase

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two prints of horse racing. We love the use of color and line present, which bring these two-dimensional prints to life. Primarily known as a highly skilled engraver of sporting prints, Charles Hunt (1803-1877) was both the artist and the engraver of the 19th century horse racing print featured below. The print depicts the 1841 Cheltenham Annual Grand Steeple Chase, a horse racing competition that is still the main event of the Cheltenham Festival held every March.

The early 20th century print is by British-born, Canadian artist Sybil Andrews. Andrews is best known for her modernist linocuts. Trained in England, she began working in linocuts in the mid-1920’s and exhibited regularly until 1939. She moved to Canada in 1947, settling in Campbell River, British Columbia. Her scenes depict the agricultural life of Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk, workingmen engaging in hard physical labor and people involved in recreational pursuits. Her art resonates with energy, relying on the interplay of fiercely angular shapes and sweeping blocks of color.

Image on Left: Cheltenham Annual Grand Steeple Chase. The Start. Plate 1. Drawn and engraved by C. Hunt. Published by I. W. Laird, London. Aquatint, 1841. [Early Re-strike].

Image on Right: Racing. By Sybil Andrews, Four-color linocut, 1934. Edition 52/60.